Our success depends on cultivating a community that is not only motivated to enact change, but is committed to taking care of each other in the process. These two concepts—productivity and creating a safe environment—don’t always go together in science. As you can see below, our community is doing just that. The following quotes are responses to an anonymous survey of community members following our launch conference in January 2023.
The energy and will to do something meaningful was outstanding. The ‘safeness’ of the community in terms of allowing free-flowing ideas was also highly unusual and very positive.
Was really impressed with folks' thoughtfulness - what they said, and how they said it.
I felt completely comfortable sharing ideas and opinions in this group
Commitment was palpable!
Folks were more enthusiastic about the cause than I had expected. There is a good mix of people at different stages in their career and playing different roles.
The thing that makes me most confident is that there's clearly energy and eagerness to get something done, but there's equal attention to process and slowing down enough to think things through…